The word obscenity comes from the Latin obscenus, which is defined as repulsive or something detestable. This term is widely used in the legal context to describe certain expressions such as: words, actions and images that may morally or sexually offend someone. Obscenity will depend in some cases on culture, since there are countries that have enacted laws regarding what they consider obscene and censor everything related to this term. For example, the most common and well-known is pornography. In addition, it can not only be given a sexual connotation, since it can be used to refer to blasphemy, irreverence or instead to something that is taboo, disgusting and indecent.

Another use that can be given to this word is in the political sphere to restrict freedom of expression, since obscenity can become an issue that affects the rights of a citizen. With respect to this last connotation in the political sphere, the society in which the human being develops, there are certain actions or attitudes that can be considered as obscene. For example, doing something that is frowned upon by society or a group of people and not doing it as it is established, causes an almost imperceptible domination, since it is imposed through traditions and moral codes, a living example of this is the western world with the eastern, since many of the ways of dressing and acting in the new world go against western traditions.

Obscenity is not always linked to sexual terms, since there are equally reprehensible and abhorrent circumstances such as war that are also considered in this way. The media play a very important role in the growth of children and young people, so they should avoid obscene acts as much as possible. For example, if a person is shown on television performing an act considered inappropriate during child protection hours, the content broadcast is considered obscene and inappropriate and may cause some harm or disorder to the viewer.